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Things Victorian and academic.

Published: 2017-10-15T09:30:36-04:00


This Week's (Very Belated) Acquisitions


Helen Oyeyemi, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (Riverhead, 2016). Interconnected short stories in which some things can be opened, some can't, and some shouldn't be. (Free copy) Jane Stafford, Colonial Literature and the Native Author: Indigeneity and Empire...

This Week's Acquisitions


The Weaver of Naumburg; Or, a City Saved by Children (RTS, n.d.). Translation from the German of a historical novel about Hussites during a plague epidemic. (eBay) Patrick McGrath, The Wardrobe Mistress (Hutchinson, 2017). During WWII, an actor dies at...

Friday Cat Blogging


Ozias Midwinter, Allan Armadale, and Lydia Gwilt doze on their favorite blanket in some of our rather unseasonable sunshine.

Beyond Jane Austen Investigates...


An exchange with a colleague about a new mystery that happened to touch on his research field reminded me that detective novelists these days could be more adventurous in their search for nineteenth-century inspirations. Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Thomas...

Sherlocking Along


I'm teaching the Sherlock Holmes and adaptation seminar again this year, and we've now moved past selected Doyle stories and an example of Rathbone/Bruce into the core of the semester--works which engage not just with Doyle, but with the tradition...

This Week's Acquisitions


Chantel Acevedo, The Living Infinite (Europa, 2017). Historical novel about Eulalia of Spain and her global travels. (Lift Bridge) Jessica Anderson, The Commandant (Text Classics, 2013). Reprint of Anderson's 1975 historical novel set in the Moreton Bay penal colony during...

Brief note: Star Trek: Discovery


Like Sherlock Holmes pastiches, new Star Trek films and series tend to be endlessly citational. It is therefore no surprise that the two-part pilot reworks the scenario of the original series' "The Menagerie" (itself composed out of that series' original...

This Week's (Extremely Belated) Acquisitions


Mary Brunton, Self-Control, ed. Anthony Mandal (Pickering & Chatto, 2014). Scholarly edition of Brunton's bestselling novel from 1811 about a young evangelical woman's attempts to deal, among other things, with a dangerous suitor. (Amazon [secondhand]) Hazel Gaynor, The Cottingley Secret...

The Tudor Sisters: A Tale of National Sacrilege


It takes talent to write an entirely incompetent novel, and whoever wrote The Tudor Sisters: A Tale of National Sacrilege (1846) undoubtedly had talent. There is absolutely nothing right about this novel. It defies close reading. (Indeed, at times it...

This Week's (Belated) Acquisitions


"Paul Peppergrass" (pseud. Father John Boyce), Shandy M'Guire: Or, Tricks upon Travellers. A Story of the North of Ireland (Noonan, 1879). Reprint of Boyce's 1853 novel about Ireland in the 1820s, focusing on the hypocrisies of the local Protestant gentry...

Brief note: A Legacy of Spies


Near the conclusion of John le Carré's A Legacy of Spies, Peter Guillam, on his way to find George Smiley, asks himself, "[...] were we simply suffering from the incurable English disease of needing to play the world's game when...

This Week's Acquisitions


Michael Sims, ed., Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Science Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2017). A new anthology including tales (and some excerpts from novels), mostly by famous authors not automatically associated with SF (e.g., Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kiping, and Edith...

This Week's Acquisitions


Chas L'Epine, The Devil in a Domino, ed. Simon Stern (Valancourt, 2017). Reprint of a pioneering Jack the Ripper novel, first published in 1897. (Amazon) Charles Fanning, The Irish Voice in America: 250 Years of Irish-American Fiction, 2nd ed. (Kentucky,...

On the plate for this semester


Once again, what is a full professor at a regional comprehensive doing this semester? Teaching: British Literature II (40+ students). I haven't taught this in three years or so; as always, I made some minor tweaks to the syllabus (e.g.,...

Friday Cat Blogging


Allan Armadale is what you call an immovable object, as his brother Ozias Midwinter has had frequent opportunities to discover.